Lunar Chronicles #2: Scarlet

Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780312642969
Pages: 452

While Cinder is trying to break out of prison and start a rebellion against the evil queen Levana of Luna, Scarlet Benoit is halfway around the world looking for her grandmother. Her grandmother might have information about the lost princess of Luna, and there are people who will do anything to get that information from her. Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who might have answers to where her grandmother is, and together they travel to attempt to rescue her grandmother. Meanwhile, Cinder escapes from prison with the help of Captain Thorne, a swashbuckling pirate wanted in multiple countries for his smuggling. Eventually the groups join up and continue their crusade to revolt against Queen Levana and save Prince Kai from having to marry the queen and make her an empress.

Told from multiple perspectives, Scarlet continues Cinder’s story, this time with the focused fairy tale being Little Red Riding Hood. The new characters are fun and entertaining. The development of Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship is fun to read and a little more interesting than the more calm relationship of Cinder and Kai. Scarlet is fierce, and the addition of Thorne to the group is also a lot of fun, and he almost steals the show with his quips. The major issue with the characters is how long it takes them to figure out Cinder’s identity, even with plenty of evidence in front of them. Meyer manages the multiple point of views well, still capturing the differences in each of the perspectives. The second book of the Lunar Chronicles series will continue to please fans of the series and pull readers further into the futuristic world where once upon a time still is the start of a good story.

*Contains mild swearing and mild suggestive content.